Formed in 1981, Apollo Friends in Sport (Apollo) came into existence after a small group of individuals came together with an idea to form an athletic social group in Calgary, Alberta. The idea was to fulfill the needs of like-minded people with a sport tournament and social activities. Four people attended the first meeting.
Apollo is a volunteer-operated, non-profit organization serving primarily members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ+) communities but is open to members of all communities. The primary focus of Apollo is to provide our members and participants with well organized and fun sporting events and other activities to allow them to participate and interact in a positive social framework.
Apollo's multi-sport festival, Western Cup, will see over 1,500 attendees and athletes from across North America compete in a range of sport tournaments including volleyball, bowling, curling, dodgeball, and hockey.
In addition to the athletic events, our participants attend nightly social events at the luxurious Hyatt Regency in the heart of downtown Calgary: Thursday’s Registration, Friday’s Athlete Social, and on Saturday we transform The Hyatt’s Imperial Ballroom into Calgary’s largest LGBTQ+ dance party. Then the next morning, we cap it all off with the ever-hilarious Drag Brunch.
As always, at the Western Cup Dance we have an amazing lineup of DJs and have state-of-the-art lighting and sound to make for an unforgettable night. For our sponsors, it will be your chance to get your brand in front of our guests while supporting a great cause.
Every year a portion of our proceeds are donated to local charities supporting youth, sports, and the LGBTQ+ community.
This past year, Apollo was pleased to give back to three deserving local organizations thanks to the commitment of our board, our athletes, and the generous donations from our 2019 sponsors.
The Centre for Sexuality is a nationally recognized, community-based organization that has been leading the way in the areas of sexuality, healthy relationships, human rights, gender identity, sexual orientation, equality and consent for more than 40 years in the Calgary community.
Rainbow Railroad Station has helped more than 500 individuals find a path to safety to start a new life free from the fear of persecution, jailing, torture, or murder – which is the reality for so many LGBTQI individuals around the world.
The Reset Society of Calgary is a registered non-profit organization that provides client driven, long-term, comprehensive, wraparound programming and support for women who have experienced sexual exploitation and/or sex trafficking.